Today IPAA is officially launching a new voter information portal on our website: the IPAA National Election Center. This portal is designed to help inform voters with information specifically tailored to address issues important to America's oil and natural gas producers. IPAA's National Election Center includes state election updates, voting information including how to register, where to find your polling location, and candidates for your area; and candidate comparisons. We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues and fellow employees.
In the 2018 mid-term election, voter turnout in the U.S. was the highest recorded of any midterm election in the last century. Company-led initiatives to encouraged employees to vote played a key role in this achievement. For these companies, "get out the vote" (GOTV) programs not only helped get more voters to the polls, but also helped to raise brand and organization awareness, strengthen relationships between employees and shareholders, and even open dialogue with elected officials.
Engaging the oil and natural gas industry and informing energy sector employees about issues affecting the industry and candidates' stances on those issues ensures that energy interests will be represented this November. It is essential for associations and member companies to elevate our industry's narrative, engage with members and employees on key policy issues, and encourage them to vote.
According to the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), employees consider their employers to be the single most credible source of information on issues, candidates, and elections. As industry employees learn more about how policies impact the industry, the success of their company and jobs, they are more encouraged to speak out on behalf of natural gas and oil and be involved in the political process.
84% of employees said employer-provided information they received was very or somewhat helpful in deciding which candidate(s) to vote for
72% of employees who received employer-provided information considered themselves a more informed citizen and voter
IPAA's National Election Center program focuses on participation, not party-line politics. The goal is to make information accessible to all, and to lead those in our industry to me more informed decision makers in November.
September 22 is National Voter Registration Day. IPAA, along with many other trade associations, will be pushing initiatives for voter registration leading up to September 22. Each state has a different deadline for voters to register, however, most fall in early to mid-October. These deadlines and other relevant dates and information can be found in the IPAA National Election Center.
IPAA aims to be a continued resource for voting information with regards to the energy industry. For more information, please head to our website at https://ipaagrassroots.org/2020-election-center.
We hope you'll consider joining us in this effort, because every vote is important and makes a difference.
Let's get out the vote together.
President and CEO
View the online version of this newsletter: https://conta.cc/33joAm3